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November 2017

Hot Watts

Watts Inside

• Annual Meeting, Page 2 • Fall Back, Page 2 • Pictures & Winners, Page 3 • Don’t Cook Up, Page 4 • Watt’s Cooking, Page 4

Published monthly by Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc.

New Logo Puts CHEC “On The Map” C

HEC is excited to announce the unveiling of the new CHEC company logo! After nearly two years of researching, brain storming, and redesigning, a final design was approved Energy Efficiency that CHEC felt represented the heart of the Tip of the cooperative. Month Founded in 1945, CHEC was created in order Spending more to serve and meet the electric needs of those time in the in our rural communities and areas. The color kitchen during the red in the logo represents energy, strength, holiday season? power and determination – all traits that the Here’s one way to founding fathers of CHEC exhibited. The outline be more energy of our service territory within our state places efficient: Unplug our members “on the map” and represents you, small kitchen our members, and the reason why we exist. The appliances, like circle has no beginning or end and represents toaster ovens and the unity of the membership and the leadership of the cooperative. microwaves, when CHEC will begin converting to the new logo in early December, but the conversion will be a slow not in use. You progression. You will first notice changes on your billing and notices as well as on our website and could save $10 to Facebook page. We will then convert the logo on our truck fleet as well as on our uniforms. We will $20 per year. continue to utilize our letterhead and envelopes that carry the former logo until all supplies have been exhausted. Source: U.S If you have any questions about the new logo or the conversion process, please contact CHEC at Department of Energy 800-328-2368 (Stigler) or 918-775-2211 (Sallisaw). Congratulations! Sam Casteel is our online survey winner.

Offices Closed CHEC offices will be closed on November 23rd & 24th in observance of Thanksgiving.


Beginning with December billing, residential accounts switch from summer rates to winter rates. Winter rates will remain in effect through February. During this time energy usage is billed on a declining block rate (first 800 kWh - $0.08720 per kWh, over 800 kWh - $0.07720 per kWh). Summer rates, which include March through November, are billed at the same rate (all kWh - $0.08720 per kWh). If you have any questions about rates, please call 800-328-2368 or 918-775-2211.

Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc. Headquarters Office PO Box 539 • 1002 E. Main Stigler, OK 74462 800-328-2368 Branch Office PO Box 587 • 1800 KOA/Power Drive Sallisaw, OK 74955 918-775-2211 Pay-by-Phone: 1-888-678-1937 Alternate Emergency Only: 918-552-0016

BOARD OF TRUSTEES William T. Mills, President Joe Falleur, Vice President Kenneth Kelley, Sec.-Treas. Rocky Woods, Sr., Trustee Joe Ogle, Trustee Ronnie Pevehouse, Trustee Theron Croisant, Trustee

District 4 District 3 District 5 District 1 District 6 District 7 District 2

69th Annual Meeting Successful


HEC’s 69th Annual Meeting was a huge success! On a beautiful fall morning, 1,761 family members, friends, and guests of CHEC filled up the Sallisaw High School gymnasium. Members from every part of CHEC’s seven county territory attended the meeting. The total members registered this year were 1,140. Registered members received a $20 bill credit and a CHEC goodie bag. The Ritter’s Family Band, long-time residents of the Vian area, provided the entertainment again this year. Sallisaw Cub Scout Pack #731 honored our country with the posting of the colors and leading of the Pledge of Allegiance. John Speir of Sequoyah County sang

a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem. To kick off the business meeting, all members and guests were welcomed by Kendall Beck, General Manager, who also gave a brief update on CHEC and directed the business portion of the meeting, which was immediately followed by the highly anticipated prize drawings. Kyle Reed of Sallisaw, grandson of Jeanette Woody, assisted during the drawing of prizes. CHEC would like the thank Kyle for his assistance. Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s annual meeting. We hope to see you all again next year.

STAFF Kendall Beck, General Manager Eric Johnson, Assistant General Manager Mark Blaylock, Director of Operations Juli Orme, Chief Financial Officer Amy Smith, Manager of Accounting Services Kristie Cash, Manager of Office Services Russell V. Barber, General Counsel Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc. welcomes members to submit photos, and articles which will be subject to editing. Cookson Hills reserves the right to publish or modify any article. Companies and individuals featured in the Hot Watts newsletter do not necessarily reflect the official policy, position, or view of Cookson Hills. Felicia Williams, Editor E-Mail: Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

If You Find Your Account Number Hidden in This Issue of the Hot Watts, You’ll Receive a $25 Credit on Your Electric Bill

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Kyle Reed

Thank you to our members for making this meeting a success! Daylight Savings Time Ends on Sunday, November 5th. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour.

Congratulations to all the Annual Meeting prize winners! Children

Sadie Blackbird Robert Robertson

Brian Tramell

Seth Davis Aiden Reed Harley Fain Skyler Toney Riana Livers Jayden Dill Sadie Blackbird Jackson Robertson Abigayle Wagner


Jackson Robertson

Abigayle Wagner

Rosa Carter James Denton

John Speir

Thank you to our contractors and vendors who graciously donated many of the prizes awarded. KAMO POWER Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. Gordon Construction Company Inc.

Kim Bishop Jimmy Riddle Daryl Crawford James Mathews Alvin Pridgeon Paul Sheridan Larry Dyer Boyd Walton French Wildcat Rose Anderson Vina Johnson Janet Adams Josie Cheater Nicole Rowe James Denton Fran Shanks Beverly Bolin Alice Coward Justin Blackbird Teresa Belt Donna Smith Ronnie Hall Rose Kelley Lonnie Younger Donna Waters Robert Robertson Brian Tramell Rosa Carter

Pictures taken by Kristie Cash

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Don’t Cook Up a Stormy Energy Bill for the Holidays Cooking can be a great area in which to save energy. The Energy Education Council recommends keeping these energy efficient tips in mind while preparing your holiday meals this year: • Think small—opt for a smaller appliance, such as a toaster oven or microwave, whenever possible. They have smaller spaces to heat, so they require less energy. • Turn the oven or stove burners off a few minutes before your food is ready. They will remain hot enough to finish cooking the food. • Don’t preheat the oven unless a recipe requires it. • Self-cleaning ovens use less energy for normal cooking because of the higher insulation levels built into them. If you own one, plan to clean it right after you have finished baking something so it does not have to heat up a second time. • Don’t peek. Opening the oven door lowers the internal temperature and requires more energy to reheat. • Don’t cover oven racks with foil. This reduces heat flow and increases cooking time. • Make sure your pan covers the coil of your range. If you can see coil peeping out from the sides of your pan, you need a bigger pan (or a smaller burner). • Put a lid on it. Cover pans while cooking to prevent heat loss. • Plan ahead. Defrosting food in the microwave may be convenient, but it costs nothing more to defrost in the refrigerator. These steps are 1245000 easy to follow and come at no extra cost. Making a habit out of them will save you both energy in the kitchen and money on your energy bill. Visit for more information.

Watt’s Cooking Skillet Chicken with Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1 cup chicken broth 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice

Submitted by Sharla Lane

¼ cup finely chopped onion 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes 3 tablespoons heavy cream 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed Optional: lime wedges & cilantro for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees 2. If the chicken breasts are uneven in thickness, pound them down to even thickness to allow the breasts to cook through simultaneously. Sprinkle each with salt and pepper. 3. In a large oven proof skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 6-7 minutes, turning once. You want the chicken browned on the outside. (It doesn’t have to be cooked all the way through yet) Set chicken on a plate and cover tightly with foil until step 5. 4. Remove skillet from heat and add the broth, lime juice, onion, cilantro, and red pepper. Return to heat. Cook and stir to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Bring to a boil. Allow to boil gently, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until the liquid is reduced to around ¼ cup. (During this time you can steam some veggies to have on the side.) Reduce heat to medium-low, then add the cream and butter. Stir until butter has melted. 5. Add chicken to the sauce and place the skillet in the preheated oven. Bake uncovered until the chicken is completely cooked through (about 5-10 minutes). 6. Serve chicken with sauce spooned on top and any of the listed optional garnishes. November 2017 - 4

2017 November Cookson Hills Hot Watts  

2017 November Cookson Hills Hot Watts